Seal Rusted Metal
Restore and Protect Metal

How to Seal Rusted Metal to Prevent Stains and Mess

Do you like the way that rusted metal looks on your sculpture or architectural feature but hate the way that rust drips and stains?

Are rust stains ruining the look of your building? Rusted metal, including weathered steel and Corten, is a rising trend in architecture and art. Architects all over the world are embracing rust-weathered steel to enhance the patina. Unfortunately, rusted metal can cause stains that drip onto areas under the metal. Everbrite™ Protective Coating seals rusted metal to prevent further rusting and prevents the rust drip and staining problems.


Rusted metal sculpture of a rabbit sealed with Everbrite to prevent drips and stains.
Rusted metal horse head sculpture coated with ProtectaClear
Rusted metal chimney - bottom half coated with Everbrite to show the difference..

Everbrite™ Protective Coating will seal rust prevent stains from getting on clothing or dripping on surfaces below the rusted objects. Rusted metal will stain buildings.

Rusted metal is porous so care must be taken to ensure that the metal is completely clean and dry. Blooming rust should be knocked down and a solvent used to help remove contaminants like grease or oils and the solvent will help draw out moisture. Coating and sealing moisture in the pores of metal can cause the failure of any coating.

Rusted metal on building with rust running down on the white stucco. This can be prevented by sealing it.

Everbrite™ Protective Coating provides the following benefits to rusted metal with every application:

  • Eliminate staining of surrounding areas from unsightly runoff and stains. Rusty drips on other substrates can ruin the look of a building.

  • Eliminate transfer of rust to people (hands & clothing).

  • Helps to extend the life of the steel by sealing out moisture that can cause further corrosion.

  • Give the surface a more finished, purposeful look.

  • Excellent adhesion on naturally or artificially rusted surfaces.

  • Everbrite™ is self annealing and will blend to itself to create complete protection.

  • Everbrite™ is available in a Clear finish and a Satin finish


Everbrite™ will seal moisture out of rusted metal to help prevent further corrosion and will prevent rust stains. On most metals, two coats of Everbrite™ Clear Protective Coating are recommended. On raw steel or rusted metal, 3 to 4 coats are recommended because the metal is very porous. Everbrite™ will seal the metal and will look great for years and can be maintained indefinitely.The metal MUST be completely dry before applying the coating.

Before and After Coating with Everbrite

Everbrite will darken the metal 5 to 10 shades. Water will replicate what the metal will look like coated.


The clear formula of Everbrite can be glossy on rusted or on dark colored metals. Once it is coated, the metal will look like it does when it is wet. The Satin formula can be put on to reduce the shine if the original is too glossy. The Satin finish has a sheen but not a shine. If a lower sheen finish is desired, we recommend the Satin finish of Everbrite for the final coat.

Buy our Everbrite Coating

Buy Everbrite to seal Rust and stop stains.
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Buy our Everbrite Satin

Buy Everbrite Satin Finish when a lower sheen is preferred - seals rust with a satin finish.
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Customer Reviews for Rusted Metal

"Just wanted to pass along the finished product. I used Everbrite to halt the oxidization on this bike frame. The thing looks great and no more rust on my shorts!" 


-Andrew Campbell

Rusted Metal bike frame coated with Everbrite to prevent rust getting on shorts.